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Civic Participation

Post Trump Win: A Silver Lining For Millennials

Sophie Roth-Douquet | Posted 11.11.2016 | Teen
Sophie Roth-Douquet

The morning after the election I leaned my head against the window of the school bus wearing an over-sized jumper and listening to Bridge Over Trouble...

From where I stand: Lenche Zdravkin

UN Women | Posted 09.22.2016 | Women
UN Women

Crossposted from UN Women. Photo: Mirjana Nedeva It took me only two days to realize who they were and why they were passing by my house by the ra...

From where I stand: Monira Hwaijeh

UN Women | Posted 09.22.2016 | Women
UN Women

Crossposted from UN Women. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown First, I had to stop working because we couldn’t access the communities in the suburbs of Da...

Preventing Violent Extremism 15 Years After 9/11

Benjamin Orbach | Posted 09.08.2016 | Impact
Benjamin Orbach

In the months after the 9/11 attacks, most Americans felt that the threats we faced from terrorists were limitless. Anything seemed possible if al-Qaeda militants could enter our country, learn to fly airplanes, and then crash commercial flights into the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

Citizen Referendum? I Vote "Needs Review."

Larry Schooler | Posted 07.05.2016 | Politics
Larry Schooler

The use of a referendum in such high-profile ways, however, also suggests that governments must continue to examine and re-examine what it means to engage the public effectively--before a matter reaches the ballot. Are governments enabling those affected by decisions to affect those decisions, without ballots?

How Can Universities Encourage Young People to Vote?

The Conversation US | Posted 03.10.2017 | Politics
The Conversation US

Research shows that campaigns that directly contact young people boost youth turnout. Knocking on young people's doors to talk about an election increases their turnout by about 25 percent.

Don't Wait. Participate.

Larry Schooler | Posted 01.18.2017 | Politics
Larry Schooler

Beyond the partisan divides around some of President Obama's policy proposals lies a compelling thought: regardless of the policy outcome, give ordinary people safer access to the process. That is an achievable goal--as demonstrated by the many governments who have made it so.

It's A Wonderful Election, American Voter

John A. Tures | Posted 12.22.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

The American voter stood out over a bridge on Christmas Eve, a crumpled newspaper in one hand. "Why does it seem like the world's problems are too bi...

Compulsory Voting in Australia -- How UnAmerican!

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 12.10.2016 | Home
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

The arguments for compulsory voting compare it to a civic duty not unlike taxation, compulsory education (for the good of the society), jury duty and military service.

My Tour Through Our National Parks With Members of Congress

Audrey Peterman | Posted 08.20.2016 | Green
Audrey Peterman

Knowing that I am the beneficiary of such a huge investment of human and natural capital, how can I sit back and let it all go down under the cult of greed and personality to become an oligarchy?

Knight News Challenge Gives $3.2M To 22 Ideas To Inform The Public And Increase Voting

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 01.03.2017 | Technology

If the voting process is easier, maybe more people will vote. If the public is more inspired about the electoral process, maybe more of us will partic...

Independence Day 2.0: More Democracy Every Day!

Lisa Schirch | Posted 07.02.2016 | Politics
Lisa Schirch

On this July 4th, let's declare our independence from bad meetings. It's time to demand that we all be heard when we gather, not just on election day, but everyday.

Confessions on Earth Day, Part I

Barbara Mossberg | Posted 04.23.2015 | Arts
Barbara Mossberg

Whither Earth Day? Even as we speak about this little miracle of soil on which we spin and hurtle through space, its fate becomes more perilous. What ...

A Civic Plan to Mobilize Community

K. Sujata | Posted 05.24.2015 | Chicago
K. Sujata

Well, we hear a lot about challenges women face in their economic security, health, safety, education, gender equity. We want to hear your thoughts on these challenges, and more importantly, creative solutions that you and others can advance to support women and girls.

How Can We Recapture the Spirit of Community Engagement That Built America?

Ben Hecht | Posted 05.17.2015 | Impact
Ben Hecht

There is no better time to bring these approaches to bear, given the fragile state of our democracy. We must realize a shared approach to solving our shared problems that is neither top-down, nor bottom-up.

Why I Love Data

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 04.29.2015 | Impact
Richard C. Harwood

So, by all means, let's use data, let's set goals, and let's figure out what works. And at the same time, let's also re-commit ourselves to be discerning in how we pursue this path.

Electoral Systems and the Democracy Gap in Southern Europe

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 02.28.2015 | Home
André Corrêa d'Almeida

The discrepancy between the U.S. and Europe in what concerns direct democracy is shocking and absurd in this day and age. Current electoral systems in Southern Europe are an assault on the ideal of a modern democracy.

Training the Citizen Muscle

Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D. | Posted 01.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

Photo: I.Rimanoczy A few days ago I was in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and saw multiple ads on the streets inviting citizens to gather in their nei...

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Millennials Really Don't Think Everybody Should Vote

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Young Americans aren't just less likely to vote than their older compatriots. They're also less likely to believe that everyone should c...

The Juror Voices Project

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

Every year millions of Americans are summoned to jury service. Yet, no organized, centralized space exists to collect or share what jurors think about this experience. Juror voices are lost. And, this is a loss for the court system and American democracy.

Golden Opportunity From the Golden State

Hans Johnson | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Hans Johnson

It took cajoling for California to take a healthy step forward to help more people register to vote. It will take a chorus of community voices, now and in the weeks to come, to maximize the grassroots response and maintain the momentum.

How To Give Back And Contribute Your Voice, From Chelsea Clinton (VIDEO)

Posted 03.17.2014 | Home

When it comes to being a good citizen, Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, believes there are a few key factors that play into the ...

El Hacker Cívico: Civic-Minded Techies Gain Sway with Government in Mexico and Beyond

Theresa Bradley | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology
Theresa Bradley

That paradox echoes around the globe: While governments may spend heavily on high-tech intelligence and security programs, most are still struggling to update the unwieldy IT systems that run almost everything else.

Enfranchising the Disenfranchised -- A Case for Resident Voting Rights

Luis A. Marentes | Posted 01.25.2014 | Latino Voices
Luis A. Marentes

City and town dwellers have a major interest in the affairs of the communities that surround them. This is particularly the case of those who have become their permanent legal residents, even if they have not earned a national citizenship.

When Hacking Is Actually a Good Thing: The Civic Hacking Movement

Lily Liu | Posted 10.05.2013 | Impact
Lily Liu

With cities like it, including Chicago, San Francisco and other urban pioneers setting the bar high, it is now high time for more cities across the country to ask their best and brightest for new solutions to usher us all into the era of gov 2.0.